Winterton, KwaZulu-Natal

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Winterton
Main road in Winterton
Main road in Winterton
Winterton is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Winterton
Winterton
Winterton is located in South Africa
Winterton
Winterton
Winterton is located in Africa
Winterton
Winterton
 Winterton shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 28°48′48″S 29°32′10″E / 28.81333°S 29.53611°E / -28.81333; 29.53611Coordinates: 28°48′48″S 29°32′10″E / 28.81333°S 29.53611°E / -28.81333; 29.53611
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
District uThukela
Municipality Okhahlamba
Area[1]
 • Total 0.86 km2 (0.33 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 276
 • Density 320/km2 (830/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 22.8%
 • Coloured 0.4%
 • Indian/Asian 3.6%
 • White 71.0%
 • Other 2.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 47.7%
 • English 29.3%
 • Zulu 16.9%
 • Other 6.0%
Postal code (street) 3340
PO box 3340
Area code 036

Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded in 1905 as Springfield when the Natal government built a weir across the Little Tugela River. The town later changed its name to Winterton in honour the secretary for agriculture, HD Winter. Winterton is a small town with only a primary school. It is close to the Second Boer War battle sites of Battle of Vaal Krantz and Spioenkop.

The town is situated on the R74 between Bergville and the N3, as well as the R600 between Ladysmith and the Central Drakensberg.

Winterton also serves as an entry point to the Champagne Valley as well as the Cathedral area of the central Drakensberg, boasting well known mountain peaks such as Champagne Castle and Cathedral Peak respectively - these mountains are considered to be among the most spectacular sights in Southern Africa.

The world famous Drakensberg Boys' Choir School is outside the town, just about 30 kilometres south-southwest of Winterton. The town has also grown to become a popular tourist destinations, for South Africans and foreigners alike.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Winterton". Census 2011.